Monday, May 28, 2012
Game of Thrones is my new literary and show obsession. It is about seven families who are all fighting in order to gain control of the Iron Throne. I started book one, A Song of Dance and Fire, a little bit ago and the writing transports me completely to the world that author has created. It's full of detail and fantastic imagery. If you're looking for something mesmerizing to read, then you should have this on your list. It's definitely a 'Must Read' book.
The show, which airs on HBO, is one of the best shows on television. The acting is spectacular by all the actors involved. Peter Dinklage is my favorite because he plays Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion Lannister is one of the best characters ever created. He is brave, witty, courageous, funny, and kind. He is very different from the rest of his family, which is why I like him so much. I loathe his vile nephew, Joffrey, and his two cruel and conniving siblings, Queen Cersei and Jaime.
I'm not sure how large the budget is for the show, but it must be pretty large given how beautiful the sets and sceneries are. The amount of attention to detail that is displayed in the props and costume design is incredible. This might explain why both Season 1 and Season 2 only contain 10 episodes each. I've read that Season 3 will also contain 10 episodes. I wish they'd do 12 or 13 episodes instead because I cannot get enough of it!
It should be noted that Game of Thrones is not for children. It's full of violence, sex, vulgar language, and scenes that would most likely frighten them. It should also be noted that Game of Thrones is not just about violence and sex. It's philosophical and it contains a lot of beautiful scenes. It's also extremely addicting, so once you start watching, I doubt that you'll be able to stop.
Posted by Kalli at Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Happy Birthday to Jimmy Stewart! I look forward to watching his Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life (1946), on the big screen with my friends every year. I love watching him in Hitchcock classics, especially Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958) and Rope (1948). His performance in Harvey (1950) always puts a smile on my face and even thinking about him talking to a pooka makes me pretty happy. There are so many fantastic films that he was a part of. Thanks for the great films, Jimmy!
Posted by Kalli at Sunday, May 20, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The style of filmmaking portrayed in Drugstore Cowboy carried over to My Own Private Idaho (1991) very well. Both are great films directed by Van Sant. Idaho is a bit difficult to watch the first time around, at least, it was for me. Drugstore Cowboy is easier to watch the first time around. Both have fantastic acting performances and interesting story-lines. I recommend watching both if you haven't already.
Posted by Kalli at Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Corny but fabulous 80s flicks are best to watch if you're feeling a bit stressed out because it is guaranteed that you will laugh while watching one. My current 80s teen flick pick is The Heavenly Kid. It's starts off in the 60s, but it looks like the 50s. If you're a fan of Rebel Without a Cause (1955), you'll be reminded of it at the beginning because the main character, Bobby, is involved in a Chickie Run. Sadly, Bobby ends up crashing to his death after he fails to open his door and escape. After his death, he finds out that he hasn't exactly made it to Heaven yet, but he still has a chance to if he can prove that he deserves Heaven by undertaking a difficult task of helping out a geeky teen who has low self-esteem.
Bobby ends up taking the task, but finds himself to become way more attached to the kid than he thought possible. At first, he thought the kid was too much of a "spazzola" to handle, but he realizes that he likes the kid anyway. The two embark on some crazy adventures together, but I won't go into that because I don't want to ruin the movie for you.
This film is like a mix between Teen Witch (1989) in its corniness and an 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' episode that isn't scary, but it has a great storyline (such as the 'Dream Girl' episode, check that out if you haven't yet, one of the best episodes they ever made and it's on YouTube). It is a funny movie, but it does have moments of sadness. It's mostly light-hearted though, so watch it if you're in the mood for a comedy or if you're stressed out and want to watch something ridiculous.
Posted by Kalli at Thursday, May 10, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I've been watching a lot of James Dean and River Phoenix. Sure, James doesn't have many films to watch, but the ones he made are always worth re-watching. I've also been watching a lot of River Phoenix, who also didn't get to make a lot of films, but more than James did. The two of them have a lot in common: fantastic actors, died too young, weren't afraid to be themselves, and both were extremely talented in other things besides acting. River was a virtuoso and James was an artist. They aren't hard to look at either.
Posted by Kalli at Thursday, May 03, 2012